Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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Team investigating shipwreck in gulf discovers two others

Shipwreck team finds two others

Marine archaeologists examining a well-preserved shipwreck nearly a mile deep in the Gulf of Mexico southeast of Galveston, Texas, made a thrilling discovery this week — two nearby vessels that were likely sailing with the ship when they all went down in a storm. Researchers led by a team from Texas State University in San Marcos say the shipwrecks are the deepest — 4,363 feet down — that archaeologists have examined in the gulf and in North America. In eight days of exploration ending Wednesday, some 60 artifacts were recovered from the first vessel, including musket parts, ceramic dishes, clothing and a toothbrush. Officials say the ships likely are from the early 19th century.

Cancer risk may rise with height

A woman's cancer risk appears to increase with her height, a study shows. An analysis of 20,928 postmenopausal women showed that the taller a woman is, the greater her risk for cancers including breast, colon and skin cancer. The finding, published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, is not expected to change screening recommendations and shouldn't alarm those with a tall stature. Instead, scientists say, the association between height and cancer may help guide researchers to study hormones and growth factors that influence height and may also play a role in cancer.

Oldest man calls New York home

A 112-year-old musician, coal miner and gin rummy aficionado in Grand Island, N.Y., is the world's oldest man, according to Guinness World Records Ltd. Salustiano Sanchez-Blazquez got the title when Jiroemon Kimura died June 12 at age 116. The world's oldest person at 115 is a woman, Misao Okawa of Japan.

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A religious group has settled in a big pink house in Clearwater. Neighbors aren’t happy.

A religious group has settled in a big pink house in Clearwater. Neighbors aren’t happy.

CLEARWATER — The first thing John Trevena noticed about his new neighbors was the color of their house: Pepto-Bismol pink.It didn’t worry Trevena, a criminal defense lawyer who moved into the three-bedroom rental home next door in 2015."I knew it was...
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Pasco corporal who took down student on video now cleared (w/video)

Pasco corporal who took down student on video now cleared (w/video)

LAND O’LAKES — Kayla Peña filled up her water bottle then returned to her lunch table at Sunlake High School when she heard a commotion in the cafeteria on Tuesday afternoon.A female student was riled up, walking back and forth, Peña said, screaming ...
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Hillsborough says its teachers are well-paid; the teachers say it’s not true. Who’s right?

Hillsborough says its teachers are well-paid; the teachers say it’s not true. Who’s right?

TAMPA — Seeking to show that Hillsborough County school officials waste money that could go to teacher raises, union director Stephanie Baxter-Jenkins talked about highly paid administrators. She talked about legal fees paid to outside firms when in-...
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For senior week, Lakewood High School must mourn a senior

For senior week, Lakewood High School must mourn a senior

ST. PETERSBURG — Lakewood High School principal Erin Savage has never planned a candlelight vigil. But this week, Savage must learn how to do so as her school mourns the tragic death of one of its graduating seniors.Bryson Welton-Williams, 18, died T...
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Editorial: St. Petersburg’s waste-to-energy to wastefulness project

Editorial: St. Petersburg’s waste-to-energy to wastefulness project

A St. Petersburg waste-to-energy plant now under construction has been billed for years as an environmentally friendly money saver. Now it looks more like a boondoggle, with the cost and mission changing on the fly. It’s yet another example of a city...
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Senator wants to put a tighter leash on airline rules for service animals

Senator wants to put a tighter leash on airline rules for service animals

WASHINGTON — Congress will consider tightening the rules on service animals allowed to accompany passengers on airliners under legislation introduced this week.Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., has introduced an airline bill that would align the definition ...
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Rays bring Jonny Venters back to majors

Rays bring Jonny Venters back to majors

UPDATE, 5:34: Venters, understandably, was humbled and happy to make it back. "It's hard to put into words how I'm feeling," he said. "It's been an emotional day."Venters was in uniform in the Durham clubhouse during rain delay when he got called in ...
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